THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE NUSA ISLANDS IN BALI, INDONESIA

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The Nusa Islands in Bali are 3 of the most beautiful and most adventurous islands I have explored to date! A short 30 minute boat from mainland Bali and you will arrive to the foreshores of the magic that the Nusa Islands has to offer. Whether you are an adrenaline junkie who loves the thrill of heights and cliff jumping or a laid back beach goer who loves those sun-kissed hammock days and snorkelling the reefs, the Nusa Islands has something for everyone!

WHERE ARE THE NUSA ISLANDS BALI

This trio of islands are located off the west coast of Bali. To get there from the mainland you can take a fast boat from Sanur Harbour which will take a short 30 minutes over the water to reach either Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida. You can book your trip through The Lembongan Traveller, this travel company organises the boats and hotel transfers for approximately $50 for a return trip.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

From my experience having visiting all 3 islands I recommend spending at least 3 nights on Nusa Lembongan, a day trip to Nusa Ceningan and then at least 3-4 nights on Nusa Penida. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy all the awesome spots the Nusa Islands has to offer!

NUSA ISLANDS MAP

NUSA LEMBONGAN

Nusa Lembongan Island is one of my favourite destinations in Indonesia. This island was known widely within Indonesia for its seaweed farming before it became a popular destination for surfers and its beautiful coastline.

BOAT TO NUSA LEMBONGAN

The most efficient way to get to the island is by taking a 30 minute ferry to Nusa Lembongan. For a return boat to Nusa Lembongan the ticket will cost you $50 Adult and $30 Child. The ferry leaves from Sanur in Bali daily at 10:00am, 12:00 noon, 14:00pm and 17:30pm. The ticket includes free transfers from the airport and/or hotels.

NUSA LEMBONGAN ACCOMMODATION

You won’t have any trouble finding a place to stay on Nusa Lembongan as there are countless accomodations. Here is a short list of places that I can recommend ranging from high end to budget accomodation. Click on the links to check the rates and book in advance.

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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN NUSA LEMBONGAN

1. Dream Beach  

As of late, dream beach has become the most popular white sand beach on the southern coastline. Here you can find cliff jumps, turquoise waters, colorful reefs, rugged view points and hidden caves!

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2.  Devil’s Tear

 A unique cave rock pool that sits on the edge of rocky cliffs. This is my favorite location on Nusa Lembongan and a must see spot. I visited Devil’s Tears at sunset and was spoiled with an incredible pastel sky.

Devil’s Tear Nusa Lembongan draws attraction to visitors to see the forceful flow of water entering the cave and spitting it back out again with a roar. The water in Devil’s Tear is crystal clear and you may be lucky enough to see turtles cruising around the cove.

Devil’s Tear is one of the best spots on Lembongan to watch the sunset. There are a number of reflection pools along the cliffs where you can get creative and potentially capture some amazing shots.

I discovered some cliff jumping spots at a smaller cove in front of the reflection pools. If you do decide to jump, you will have to time your jump in between the sets of waves to avoid being caught in a sticky situation.

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3. MANTA POINT SNORKELLING 

This is one of the best things to do in Nusa Lembongan. Snorkelling with Giant Manta Rays is up there with one of the most unforgettable experiences I have ever had.

These majestic creatures are absolutely incredible! They glide effortlessly through the ocean and are really friendly to swim with. The manta rays can be quite intimidating to begin with due to their body size of up to 5 meters, though you will soon realise they are harmless, humble giants. I counted roughly 8-10 different mantas at Manta Point Nusa Penida on this mornings snorkelling adventure, which is more than usual. I think it is safe to say we got very lucky!

Snorkelling adventures to Manta Point can be booked at Toya Pakeh harbour at any one of the boat companies along the waterfront. My friends and I actually booked our trip to Manta Point when we were staying on Nusa Lembongan island which is another option you may want to think about. Our snorkel trip cost 200,000 Rupiah ($20) and we booked through Monkey Activities.

 CLICK HERE to see the full blog post which includes all the details of this trip and where to book.

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4. YELLOW BRIDGE

The iconic yellow suspension bridge connects the two islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. It is a pretty awesome experience riding a motorbike over the ocean across the Yellow Bridge. It’s a great spot to take some awesome photos if you time it right with the traffic.

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5. SHIPWRECK POINT BREAK

Surfing the right hand reef break at Shipwreck Point is not for the inexperienced surfer. On a good swell this is the best spot on Nusa Lembongan island to surf. This break attracts surfers from all over the world. If you are not a keen surfer it is not a bad spot to spectate from the beach at one of the many shady shacks along the water front. Surfboard rental shops can be found throughout the main street of town and you can find a rental board for approximately 50,000 Rupiah for 2 hours.

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NUSA CENINGAN

Nusa Ceningan is the baby island of the 3 Nusa Islands. It is located in between Lembongan and Penida.

GETTING AROUND NUSA CENINGAN

The ferry from Bali will arrive to Nusa Lembogan first and then from here you can access Nusa Ceningan Island via the Yellow Bridge that connects the two islands. Renting a scooter is the cheapest and most convenient way of getting around. As soon as you arrive to the port at Lembongan you will most likely be approached by the locals asking if you need a scooter rental. If not you can ask at your accommodation and they will be able to assist you. I payed 60,000 Rupiah per day for a scooter rental, so put your bartering skills to the test and try to score a deal at this price.

WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA CENINGAN

There are dozens of accommodations to pick from so I have made a short list below of the ones that I recommend. Just click on the links to check prices and availability.

 TOP 3 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN NUSA CENINGAN

I have put together a list to hopefully inspire you to explore Nusa Ceningan based on my adventures on the island. See below for the three best things to do in Nusa Ceningan.

1. BLUE LAGOON NUSA CENINGAN

The Blue Lagoon on Ceningan Island is a beautiful cove with the most electric blue coloured water I have ever seen. It is also a cliff jumping haven for those adventurous, thrill seekers out there. Follow the cliff edge around to the rocky point on the eastern side of the lagoon. There are remains of what used to be a bar from where people would hang out for the day in between swimming and cliff jumping.

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2. MAHANA POINT CLIFF JUMP

The Mahana Point Cliff Jump on Nusa Ceningan Island attracts thrill seekers from around the world. A 10 meter diving platform hangs over the rocky cliffs at Mahana Point.

There are two diving platforms, one that sits at about 5 meters above the sea level which is recommended to warm yourself up on before braving the much higher 10 meter cliff jump.

The depth of the landing from the 10 meter jump point is around 3-4 meters, so it is unlikely you will hit the bottom. It is best to jump after the sets of waves that crash up against the cliffs and jumping on high tide is also recommended.

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3. SECRET BEACH NUSA CENINGAN

Secret Beach is a hidden gem surrounded by cliffs. It is a 5 minute drive from Blue Lagoon and to access the beach you will have to park in the car park at Villa Trevally and walk through the restaurant. You will also find an infinity pool next to the restaurant that over looks the ocean. Buy a drink and some lunch from the restaurant if you want to use the pool.

NUSA PENIDA

Of all the places that I have been to in the world, I would have to vote Nusa Penida Bali in the top 3 most awesome destinations to visit! This magical island offers a mecca of adventures and locations that will leave you jaw dropped and gasping around every corner!

HOW TO GET TO NUSA PENIDA 

A Nusa Penida trip can be booked through Direct Ferries who can help you to organise transfers from your accommodation in Bali to Sanur Harbour. It is here that you can take the 30 minute fast boat to Toya Pakeh Harbour in Nusa Penida. A return trip will cost you around 500,000 Rupiah ($50) which includes car transfers and the boat to and from Nusa Penida. Click Here to see the time schedule and availability.

You can also take a boat to Nusa Penida from Nusa Lembongan if you happen to be exploring this island first. A return Nusa Penida trip will cost you 100,000 Rupiah ($10). You can organise the boat via your accommodation or simply head to the main harbour on Lembongan and ask one of the boat companies down there.

WHERE TO STAY IN NUSA PENIDA BALI

Nusa Penida has a variety of accommodations ranging from high end to budget options. I would recommend staying somewhere on the west coast or the north coast so it’s easily accessible to majority of the points of interest.

CLICK HERE to book your accommodation in advance for your trip to Nusa Penida Island.

THE TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA BALI

1. Kelingking Secret Point Beach

Kelingking Secret Point Beach is up there with one of the most amazing places I have ever been. Kelingking Beach on Nusa Penida island has become the biggest tourist attraction on the island thanks to Instagram and for a good reason, I mean just look at this view!

The reason why Kelingking Beach is such a popular location is because the cliffs form the shape of a T-Rex dinosaur. The head of the T-Rex can be seen on the left of the bay and the body and tail wraps around to the right.

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2. Banah Cliff Viewpoint

Banah Cliff Nusa Penida is yet another epic view point along the cliffs of this incredible island! This particular location is not as popular as Kelingking Beach though it is equally impressive in my opinion.

There is not just not one but two incredible view points at Banah Cliff Nusa Penida. Surprisingly, we did not have to pay for parking or any entrance fees for this location which was great. It is spots like these that I love to discover before they get too popular.

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3. Angel’s Billabong

Angel’s Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s most popular attractions. This natural infinity pool is framed by rock cliffs and hangs out over the ocean overlooking Manta Point Beach.

There are a number of viewpoints of the Billabong, my personal favourite was down in the infinity pool itself. The water is clear as crystal and the temperature was nice and warm on a crisp early morning.

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4. Broken Beach

Broken Beach Nusa Penida is one of many awesome locations on the island and it is not to be missed! The natural bridge stretches over turquoise waters that flows in and out of the arch way, hence the name Broken Beach.

Although you can’t go swimming at Broken beach Nusa Penida it is such an unreal setting in itself. The ocean water flows in to a bowl that is surrounded by towering cliffs. You can take a panoramic walk all the way around Broken Beach to several different viewpoints offering incredible views of this hole in the cliff.

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5. Atuh Beach 

Atuh Beach is one of Nusa Penida’s most iconic locations. The natural rock arch that stretches over crystal clear turquoise waters will have you in awe as soon as you lay eyes on it.

The natural arch rock, in my eyes, forms the shape of a prehistoric dinosaur of some sort that looks like it is ready for battle haha. Would you agree?!

We were so curious of the formation of this natural arch, so we decided to swim out to it on low tide. It was much more impressive once we were swimming through the arch. We checked the depth of the water to see if it was possible to cliff jump. Our guess was that it was between 3-4 meters deep which was plenty enough for us, so we scaled the rock arch and jumped off one by one!

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6. Tree House (Rumah Pohon)

If you haven’t seen the Ruma Pohon Tree House Nusa Penida on social media I would be amazed. This Tree House has become popular very quickly thanks to the social media platform Instagram. This cute little beach shack over looks one of the most gorgeous beach coves known as Thousand Island Nusa Penida.

You will arrive to a car park on top of the cliffs, park here and make your way down the track towards the beach. You will come across a small wooden ticket office where you will have to pay 5,000 Rupiah for the entrance ticket.

The hike down the ridge takes no more than 5-10 minutes to the first view point that over looks the bay known as thousand island. I don’t know why they named it thousand island when I could only see five or six islands haha. Regardless of the name, this is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever laid my eyes on.

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8. Peguyangan Waterfall

The Peguyangan Waterfall is located at the bottom of a very steep cliff on Nusa Penida’s south coast. The way down to the waterfall is via the blue coloured steel stairs that are amazingly constructed into the side of the cliff face, hang on tight! The entrance ticket to the waterfall is 10,000 Rupiah ($1).

When you reach the bottom of the 700 or so stairs, you will find a few stone temple structures surrounded by water that is said to be holy. You can find the Peguyangan Waterfall at the end of the trail and also a few small rock pools in the cave under the cliffs. There a number of viewpoints of the surrounding cliffs that are absolutely mesmerising!

Take plenty of drinking water and some snacks if you intend to spend some time down here as the hike down and up the blue stairs can be very exhausting.

MORE NUSA ISLANDS GUIDES

You may want to read my other travel guides to help you plan your trip to the Nusa Islands. Click on the links below to see more!

Top 5 Things To Do In Nusa Lembongan

Top 3 Things To Do In Nusa Ceningan

Top 8 Things To Do In Nusa Penida

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Happy Adventuring 🙂

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